6 Kids equals Halloween Shenanigans

Last weekend we threw a kids Halloween party for Steve’s daughter B, full of food, games, shouting, and a good time had by all.

One of the best parts, “Donut on a Stick (or String) (Thanks to Steve for a great party game idea.)
All you need, sticks, donuts attached to a string. Object –  kid tries to eat donut without touching it with their hands… well you get the picture I really wish I could post the video, but trust me, the adults are laughing hysterically with the kids.
This link says to “tie a length of rope between two trees”, we used dowel rods with a string, same idea

Now onto the food. The normal fare, chips, veggies and dip, popcorn; but of course I had to make a few things, like marshmallows from scratch for smore’s (no corn syrup), because of couse, we needed “healthy marshmallows).

they were supposed to be orange, but they turned out coral? Still really good

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting and meringue “ghosts”.

I forgot to take a picture of the cupcakes 😦

Pumpkin Dip with Trader Joe’s Ginger Snaps and Apples (thanks Erica for the recipe)

We had a Princess & Pirates theme.
Great friends, lots of food, all of the kids had a great time, Success!
Pumpkin Dip Recipe

15 oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 cups 10x powdered sugar ( I used a little less)
8oz oz cream cheese
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 two ground ginger

Cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon for garnish

Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with electric mixer until
smooth. Add pumpkin and spices; beat well (about 15-20 minutes). A few cream cheeses specks may remain, (you can continue to blend), or just serve.  Cover and chill at least 8
hours. Pour into serving bowl/dish; sprinkle with cinnamon and add
sticks. Serve with ginger snaps and Apple slices.

 Marshmallows (no corn syrup) (Recipe from Food.com)
2 tablespoons gelatin (2 envelopes Knox)
you can use vegetarian gelatin as well
8 tablespoons cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup cold water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
Dust an 8- or 9-inch square pan with powdered sugar. Set aside.
In a small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 tbsp cold water. Set aside.
Combine granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a large heavy saucepan.
Cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved.
Add gelatin and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat. Pour into a large mixing bowl and let stand until partially cool.
Add salt and vanilla extract.
Beat with an electric mixer until soft and double in volume. About 10-15 minutes.
Pour into prepared pan to about 1/2 inch thick.
Set to cool until it will not stick to your finger.
Cut into 1.5 inch pieces and roll in powdered sugar.Variation: toasted coconut can be substituted for powdered sugar.

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